Custom Soda Sales Sarsaparilla

June 30, 2014
Filed under: sarsaparillas — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Sarsaparilla Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: UT

Obtained in: trade with Eric
Head: Medium Sweetener: high fructose corn syrup
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.customsodasales.com/

so i let Eric, Dr. Percival C. McGillicuddy do the legwork on this one. we did a trade and i got a bottle each of the Parley Street Sarsaparilla and Root Beer. it is indeed quite a confusing trail of mystery and bizarreness. i don't get why it is all so secret though. the private/custom label business in general seems very protective. i know when i have tried to get info out of a couple of custom bottlers, they have entirely refused to tell me who they bottle for. it is not like i am going to steal the customer away or something. do they think i will bother their customer with requests for samples every 10 minutes? or perhaps they want to preserve the belief that perhaps the client makes their own soda right there on site? if so, the bottler wouldn't be listed on the bottle. i just don't know. oh well.
i do not know what "Parley Street" is really, which is the name of the client on the bottle i have here. it seems to be something to do with literature though as this was purchases at a book store it seems. no matter really. the design work is good, i approve of that aspect of it.
the flavor though i don't love. it is a bit sour and just does not excite. i have tasted a similar flavor in a couple other sarsaparillas so i imagine there is the impression somewhere in the beverage world that that is what sarsaparilla is supposed to taste like. i disagree. although my vote counts for nothing in the end. i suppose the taste could be classified as "rooty" or "herbal" yet it does not go far enough on the hearty side or the subtle side to be yummy.
Ingredients:carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, natural & artificial sarsaparilla flavors, citric acid & preserved with sodium benzoate


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Doggone Good Soda Sarsaparilla

August 8, 2016
Filed under: sarsaparillas — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Sarsaparilla Comes In: 12oz glass bottle, 20oz glass bottle
Available: CA

Obtained in: trade with Sagi
Head: Small Sweetener: sucrose
Calories: 120 Sodium: 27mg
Carbs: 30g Sugar: 29g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://doggonegoodsoda.com

So Sagi came through for me again on this one! Hooray Sagi!! Thank you kindly friend! Again with the same, interesting, very hand crafted seeming bottle and hang tag and all of that. their website seems to suggest they are a much bigger outfit than this product seem to indicate, but perhaps I am overestimating a good website and also over estimating the hand production on this one.
This one is also not very carbonated at all. that surprises me somewhat. i figured the ceramic flip top would preserve carbonation better than a twist off cap but the few sodas i have had in flip tops have not proven that theory at all.
the sarsaparilla is a bit more herbal and rooty tasting than the root beer was. in addition i find it sweeter, which is unusual but a pleasant combination. the sweetness really kicks in later, as the herbal taste is fading so it does not come off as sticky but leaves you with the knowledge that it is a sweet drink yet you have that memory of something else previous to that. the herbal-ness is more sassafras with a tiny hint of anise and ginger in there. I am not sure I prefer it to the root beer by just a little bit. that is not a slight on this drink, it is good.
Ingredients:carbonated water, sucrose syrup, sodium benzoate, citric acid, and natural and artificial flavor.


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Earp’s Original Sarsaparilla

July 22, 2013
Filed under: sarsaparillas — anthony @ 4:38 am
Type: Sarsaparilla Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: WA, online

Obtained in: mail order
Head: Small Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 160 Sodium: 50mg
Carbs: 42g Sugar: 41g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.earps.com

some relative of the famous US Marshall, Wyatt Earp, supposedly was handed down a book of recipes and junk. whether the famous guy ever actually had anything to do with that book or if it was just some other relative with the last name is unclear. so in that book was a recipe for "dinner sauce" which they realized was barbeque sauce really. they decided to go with it and try it out and soon started making it for sale. flash forward a few years and someone realizes that sarsaparilla conjures images of the old west so they may as well get some name recognition off the bat, sort of a celebrity endorsement. thus was born this beverage. it was not in the book or anything, just a joint venture between a beverage company and a barbeque company in the end.
it looks nice at least. Mike Earp (the current relative, making the soda and BBQ sauce) is in his full get up, guns swing'n and mustache waxed up in front of a sheriff badge in front of a wanted poster type thing with bullet holes in it. yes, it is very multi-layered. so they have that going for them. the taste is not so multi-layered but it is fine. nothing special really though. i don't think i would even classify this as a sarsaparilla, it is more a root beer to me. a little sharp though so that makes it lean more to the sarsaparilla side and less to the usual creamy root beer side. it seems a little overcarbonated but that is not reflected in the foam as it has a pretty small head. whatever. that adds to the sharp feel and to the burping i am doing right now. so it is ok, no great shakes, not offensive. not taking risks like ole Wyatt used to, but this is a calmer time, full of law men watching our every move, best to stay under the radar.
Ingredients:carbonated water, pure cane sugar, natural and artificial flavors, phosphoric acid, caramel color, sodium benzoate (a preservative)


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Empire Bottling Works Sarsaparilla

July 7, 2005
Filed under: sarsaparillas — anthony @ 9:45 pm
Type: Sarsaparilla Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: NY, RI, online

Obtained in: ordered online
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar
Caffeine: No

it has been much too long that i have had this soda in the fridge. i cannot say it is as unique as the rootbeer was. i mean, it is quite tasty but it in a much more generic-ly good root beer way, not so much in a sarsaparilla way. i find that weird really, that the rootbeer would be the more herbal one while the sarsaparilla is the normal one. oh well. i don't have a lot to tell here, it is good, i like the cane sugar flavor. it does not stand out but i don't mind that so much really.

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Free Natural Sasperilla

March 31, 2002
Filed under: sarsaparillas — anthony @ 4:39 pm
Type: Sarsaparilla Comes In: 250 ml glass bottle
Available: UK

Obtained in: mail from Sam
Head: Tiny Sweetener: grape juice concentrate
Caffeine: No

just the fact that they spelled "sarsaparilla" totally wrong should have clued me in here. the second clue being how bad the root beer was. i mean, if you can't do root beer right, can you possibly do a decent sarsaparilla? but i thought the best of them and gave it a shot. i think this may take the title of the worst beverage i have ever had. it is a little bad coming in the mouth, gets worse as it fully hits the tongue and just hits bottom when you swallow it. bitter, foul, malty awfulness fully abounds here. my gosh this is just SO bad!

DANGER avoid this at all costs!

Anthony's Rating: 3
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Hansen’s Signature All Natural Sarsaprilla Soda

March 22, 2000
Filed under: sarsaparillas — anthony @ 5:45 pm
Type: Sarsaparilla Comes In: 14oz glass bottle
Available: CT, NJ, NY, online

Obtained in: Quik Chek, NJ
Head: Large Sweetener: cane sugar, honey
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.hansens.com

from the get go, you know this soda is wacky. the bottle is strange looking, it is 14 ounces instead of the usual 12. then you see it has a "blend of Madagascan, Indonesian and Tahitian Vanilla Extracts." what the heck is that about?! at first, i always enjoy this soda. it is very full bodied, you can taste the honey and vanilla distinctly. yet, as i drain more and more of it, i always feel a little sick. it is too rich perhaps. i do not know. not that it is a bad sick always, sometimes it is kind of nice. overall, it is not really a sarsaparilla but more of a creamy, rich root beer.
Ingredients:Triple filtered carbonated water, cane sugar, caramel color, malic acid, natural spices, blend of Madagascan, Indonesian, and Tahitian vanilla extracts, honey, wintergreen extract and natural flavors.


Anthony's Rating: 79
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Harmony Springs Sarsaparilla

May 8, 2017
Filed under: sarsaparillas — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Sarsaparilla Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: MA, NY

Obtained in: store in Brooklyn, NY
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 110 Sodium: 0mg
Carbs: 24g Sugar: 24g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://drinkharmonysprings.com/

I really thought I would have to go to Massachusetts to get this one, along with the other flavors in their line up. but one day i noticed that it was sold at a store in Brooklyn, which is significantly closer to me, huzzah!
i am rather surprised at the low level of carbs / sugar in this drink. most sodas seem to have around 40 grams of sugar, give or take 5 or 10 grams. but 24 grams is super low, as is 110 calories for the whole bottle.
now that i think about it, a sarsaparilla does not really need to be too sweet, if done right. just a low level along with sufficient herbal flavors will make it work. ok, let me see how this stacks up.
yup, they definitely work the herbal flavors here, it is for sure a sarsaparilla in my book. high licorice level, check! cinnamon, check! random other somewhat earthy, kind of bitter flavors that are not overwhelming the sugar, check! yes indeed, this is a very tasty sarsaparilla. if you do not like licorice i am sure you will disagree. it took me a few swigs to warm up to this drink, but now I quite like it. it is not crazy unusual but not a lot is.
Ingredients:carbonated pure artesian spring water, pure cane sugar, natural flavors


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Health Valley Sarsaparilla Root Beer

October 19, 1997
Filed under: root beers,sarsaparillas — anthony @ 5:29 pm
Type: Sarsaparilla Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: NJ, NY, online

Obtained in: Berkeley Heights, NJ
Head: Small Sweetener: molasses, fructose
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.healthvalley.com/

i don't understand this stuff at all. there is no real brand on it, yet it is not generic or anything i do not think, especially at like $1.50 a bottle… plus it is only sold by the individual bottle at this one Grand Union. maybe it is other places but not that i have seen. another, it is kind of lame, too herb-y really. that weird anise / licorice flavor going on but it still doesn't work well i do no think. just ok really. and how does one classify it?! i need to pigeon hole! i cannot compare against peers if i do not know if it is a sarsaparilla or a root beer! well, since they make an "Old Fashioned Root Beer" or whatever also, perhaps this is the
Ingredients:Sparkling spring water, fructose, molasses, our own natural sarsaparilla flavoring of licorice root extract, natural oils of anise, cherry bark extract, and herbal extracts.


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Hey Song Extra Salty Sarsaparilla

April 28, 2014
Filed under: sarsaparillas — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Sarsaparilla Comes In: 330ml can
Available: NJ, Thailand

Obtained in: asian market in South Plainfield, NJ
Head: Small Sweetener: unknown
Caffeine: No

every once in a while i will try to go to one of the gigantic asian markets in my area when i pass them, just to check if they have any different sarsaparillas or perhaps even a root beer. and of course to get some men's pocky and koala yummies. i do it less and less often since i seem to have less and less free time. yet i was near one i had never been to with a few minutes of extra time and thought i would take a quick look. lo and behold this beauty! extra salty Hey Song right next to the normal Hey Song Sarsaparilla! at first i grabbed a six pack which had an english sticker with the info on it, but then i saw i could get a single can so just got 2 of those instead. i did not realize they lacked the english info sticker so i am quite in the dark about ingredients and nutrition content and so on. oh well, no matter.
i always expect foreign sodas to be bad. based on past experience that is usually the case, sadly. my american palette is not as accustomed to the flavors perhaps or maybe everyone thinks they are bad although in that case i can't imagine the company lasting too long. but this is actually decent. maybe even good. unique at least. although i have not had regular Hey Song in a while, i don't think this one tastes any saltier. the flavor is similar, it is sort of bubble gum/herbal tasting but not in a sickly sweet way. i would not call it american sarsaparilla by any means, but the drink seems to have evolved/mutated/gone some other way in the asian market. i don't know how much they use actual sarsaparilla in this style drink, but then again, it is not used at all in american sarsaparilla anyway. maybe they use the leaves or something more than the root? i have no idea, just making junk up. it is a pretty sweet drink that hits you with a bit of a bitter taste for a second on initial mouth entry but which fades away quickly. it is interesting and different and i enjoy it. i would not expect to but i do. i will have to get a can of this and one of the regular and compare them side by side to see if they truly taste different.

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Hey Song Sarsaprilla Drink

October 9, 2000
Filed under: sarsaparillas — anthony @ 5:46 pm
Type: Sarsaparilla Comes In: 12 oz can
Available: NJ

Obtained in: Green Brook, NJ
Head: Small Sweetener: high fructose corn syrup
Caffeine: No

this really tastes like bark. which may just be what sarsaprilla originally tasted like, but today it does not. i don't like this at all, yet i am strangely attracted to it. i had a can of it a few months ago and the familiar feeling is returning to my stomach. maybe it has grown on me but i just feel like it will make me poo or something.

Anthony's Rating: 24
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